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Today’s Lady News: Michele Bachmann Jokes About Ex-Gay Therapy

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann made an insensitive quip about the so-called “ex-gay therapy” her husband does on “The Tonight Show” on Friday, joking that she thought it was “a mid-life crisis line — ‘Pray away the grey.’” Har har har. [Think Progress]
  • Remember that piece in Psychology Today last year about a “study” that “proved” black women are unattractive? The London School of Economics has decided to place its author, Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa, on teaching probation for one year for making the school look bad. [Racialicious]
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ends today: lesbian and gay troops will no longer be forced to hide their sexuality while serving in the military! [Washington Blade]

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Anti-Abortion Activists Bring Ultrasounds To Congress

Anti-abortion activists will bring their “Voices from the Womb” project to Capital Hill on October 13 when they perform ultrasounds on expectant mothers to “introduce” congressional employees to fetuses at 12 weeks and 18 weeks. Their hope is that politicians will “hear the beating heart” and “clearly see their fingers and toes,” which will make all “pro-choice politics and arguments melt away,” according to the group’s leader, Brandi Swindell. Congress and the public are all invited to see the public ultrasounds, after which the project will begin touring at schools, churches and public hearings around the country. Keep reading »

Campus Confidential: My Bank Account Is On A Diet

There’s one thing that really, really sucks about college. Yes, there’s no way around it: college costs an insanely large amount of money for which I personally think it’s borderline inhumane to even charge. It’s my silly little opinion that education should be a basic human right and therefore should be free. Unfortunately, almost every major academic institution in this country disagrees with me.

But even beyond the tuition itself, as soon as I arrived here I felt the very distinct pain, depression and slight panic that comes with the knowledge that your bank account is significantly dwindling. First, there was the cost of books that neared $500 (for my first semester alone) and this even accounted for scouring the internet for the best deals on used editions. Then there was the whole “going out” thing. Somebody would suggest going to a nearby sushi restaurant, or maybe catching a concert or show. Torn between being social and being frugal is not a fun place to be, especially when trying to make new friends. Keep reading »

A Video Camera That Can Tell If You Are A Liar, Liar Pants On Fire

Lie detector tests get a bad rep, perhaps because they’re unwieldy, not that accurate, and the province of “Jerry Springer” and “Maury Povich”-type talk shows. But British researchers have been working on a new type of polygraph lie detector, one that could be used more consistently for security and law enforcement purposes. It’s a video camera that uses thermal imaging and algorithms to determine if a person is lying. The camera looks for unconscious ticks like dilated pupils, biting of lips, heavy breathing, wrinkling of noses, and shifty eye movements. It can even sense super subtle things like the swelling of blood vessels. Meaning there’s no need to hook anyone up to it. Keep reading »

Chris “The Dutchess” Walton Makes Guinness Book Of World Records With Longest Fingernails

It takes a newborn baby 18 years to grow into adulthood. And it took Chris “The Dutchess” Walton just as long to grow her record-setting fingernails to 19 feet, 9 inches long.

“The hardest thing for me to do is dig in my pockets,” the 45-year-old rock singer from Las Vegas says. “Everything else I can do myself — driving, shopping, cleaning the house … although when I vacuum, the cord gets tangled in my fingers.”

A day before the release of the 2012 Guinness World Records, The Dutchess visited The Huffington Post to talk about her life and celebrate her inclusion in this year’s edition — a celebration of “unique beauty,” including fresh pictures of the world’s longest tongue, the largest afro, and a “holy man” with 453 piercings.

“I never set out to make it into Guinness,” she says. “It just happened.” Read more… Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: “The Daily Show” Schools Michele Bachmann On The HPV Vaccine

  • Kristen Schaal was on “The Daily Show” last night as Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent addressing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s latest WTF claim that she met a woman whose child became mentally retarded from the HPV vaccine. Which, as you may have heard, the medical community says is total BS. Wear headphones and there’s imagery that’s NSFW at the end, so make sure your boss isn’t a-lurkin’! [The Daily Show]
  • Virginia may lose all 22 clinics that provide abortion. What does that mean? People who can afford to will travel up to places like New York where abortion is much more accessible. And everyone who can’t afford it? If you have an unintended pregnancy, then it sucks to be you. [New York Times]
  • Journalist Lea Goldman at Marie Claire examines the “pinkification” of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October), when tons of products become pink and we’re told a portion goes to breast cancer research. But how much money do researchers actually receive — and how much of this is just opportunistic hucksterism? [Marie Claire]

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